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URBAN FORAGING - Finding and eating wild plants in the city. Paperback – 2010

3.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Service Berry Press (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1450707513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450707510
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,275,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was reluctant to read another foraging guide, but a friend recommended this book and now I want to recommend it to everyone. David Craft blends teaching about urban plants, recipes, and anecdotes so you end up learning all about foraging without even trying. Its funny too, and the pictures are super helpful.
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Edit: I recognize that it says right in the beginning that it's not a field guide, but the title gives the impression that it IS a guide, and the author gives no indication of where someone who doesn't already know to might go to get more information. That, combined with the problems laid out below (especially with regard to heavy metals/polluted soil)keeps me pretty solidly in the "one star" column.

My household came by this book by accident, and read it on a whim. Right off the bat, there's the glaring omission of the high content of heavy metals and other toxins in many plants in urban areas (combined with the fact, which he's apparently proud of, that he feeds this stuff to his kids, who are at greatest risk).

Much of the book seems to be about how this person THINKS we should live, and he spends a lot of time on the soapbox he apparently carries with him while foraging.

Things like blaming the disappearance of the peaches HE wants on "the onslaught of old ladies sneaking out in the middle of the night and swiping all the peaches" (no mention of who might have planted/owned the trees in question, or whether they also want peaches), tend to give the impression that this is more of a rant or stream of consciousness than an actual guide of any sort.

This impression is reinforced by the sparse nature of photographs, and the fact that they're all black and white. This, combined with slim descriptions of the sundry plants and fungi, mean that if you actually wanted to safely forage for the things in question, you would need to buy another book ANYWAY.

Wild carrots are often mistaken for Hemlock (the poison that killed Socrates).
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I sure wish that I would have known that before I bought it.

The books title is a little misleading to me because it says "Urban Foraging, Finding and eating wild plants in the city".

I expected more detail and some color pictures for comparison to help me in my quest for Urban Foraging. But then again, I also expected this to be a field guide too.

I know, it doesn't explicitly say "field guide" so I should have known. The thing is, how does one know which of the countless books on Wild Edibles is "the" book they should get. It's maddening with all of the choices one has to choose from.

This is probably a good starter book for someone that does not have access to the internet or a printer and is just getting started. Though I really don't think it is worth $18. Maybe more like $5 - $8.

If you don't know some of the basics and want some easy reading to pass the time while you are out and about in the streets, take this along. Just don't pay too much for it.
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By slynch on October 14, 2011
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This urban foraging guide is a great introduction to the wild edible world that surrounds us (and we never knew about it)! This is a great gift for anyone interested in food, and is a great self-starting guide to a more sustainable lifestyle. I highly recommend this at-times-humorous book, especially for anyone living in the Boston area.
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A really great place to start with urban foraging. It's clear the author is really passionate about the subject which makes for a fun read.

The book is written for more southern cities - probably USDA zone 5 and higher. I live in a zone 3 and found that many of the plants listed don't grow here. But that's ok! Still great to learn about!
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I downloaded this book becauseeI wanted to find out what plants are edible in the urban areas, I had no idea that dandelion leaves where edible. I had not realized that I was actually eating dandelion leaves when I purchased the spring mix at the grocery store. The author wrote this book in an interesting way that is enjoyable to read.
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By Kristie on February 16, 2013
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This book is a good place to begin, and offers excellent foraging suggestions. I love that it's layed out by seasons, but I just wish there was more detail on each plant and better descriptions for identification. You'll need a separate book to help ensure that you have the correct plant. This book shows you what to look for; just buy a good field guide to go along with it.
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I have canned more than 300 pints of apricots, plums, mulberries, cherries and crabapples from urban trees this year and by far the most delicious preserves I have made were from crabapples using David Craft's recipe for crabapple butter and jelly! This book is an excellent resource for the urban forager and harvester.
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